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Review of 2013: Obituaries

20 December 2013

Farewell: Seamus Heaney, Jean Wilson, David Gitari, and Colin Bennetts

Farewell: Seamus Heaney, Jean Wilson, David Gitari, and Colin Bennetts

THE Most Revd Dr David Gitari, former Archbishop of Kenya, died in September.

Other deaths among the episcopate included those of the Rt Revd Kenneth Gill, former Bishop of Karnata Central in the Church of South India and Assistant Bishop of Newcastle; the Rt Revd David Farmbrough, former Bishop of Bedford; the Rt Revd Colin Bennetts, Bishop successively of Buckingham and Coventry; the Rt Revd Leslie Lloyd Rees, former Bishop of Shrewsbury; the Rt Revd Roy Davies, former Bishop of Llandaff; the Rt Revd Geresom Ilukor, former Bishop of Soroti, Uganda.


DEATHS among the clergy which were noted during the year included those of the Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd Keith Jukes; the Very Revd Richard Eyre, former Dean of Exeter; the Very Revd Michael Till, former Dean of Winchester; Canon Maurice Slaughter, former Vicar of Christ Church, Skipton, and of Bolton Abbey; the Ven. Peter Dawson, former Archdeacon of Norfolk; the Revd Leslie Walters, former incumbent in Southwark and Derby dioceses; the Revd Deryck Spratley, founder of the Daybreak Drug Abuse Project; Canon Geoffrey Tickner, recently Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage, and Rural Dean; Canon George Smith, who served for 60 years in Gloucester diocese.

The Ven. Mark Dalby, former Archdeacon of Rochdale; Canon Keith Weston, former Rector of St Ebbe's, Oxford; Canon Christopher Byers, former Southwark dio-cesan cricketer; the Ven. Norman Crowder, former Archdeacon of Portsmouth; Canon Philip Crosfield, former Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh; Canon Paul Vann, long-serving incumbent in Monmouth diocese; the Revd John Williams, Canon of Durham and Lichfield Cathedrals and Lichfield Diocesan Director of Ordinands; Canon Raymond Hockley, former Precentor of York Minster; the Revd Ivan Clutterbuck, former Chaplain to Lord Mountbatten and Organising Secretary of the Church Union.

Canon Norman Kelly, who served for 25 years in Guildford diocese; the Revd Dr Colin Davey, Anglican ecumenist; the Revd Leslie Eden, worker priest in Kidbrooke; Fr Ian Weathrall of the Delhi Brotherhood; Canon Reginald Askew, former Dean of King's College, London; Canon John Lowe, educator in East Africa; the Revd Richard Eckersley, former Canon Residentiary of Portsmouth Cathedral.

The Revd Andrew Walters, last Warden of St Michael's College, Tenbury; Canon Stuart Holden, long-serving Vicar of Earl's Colne; the Revd Robert LLoyd, long-serving incumbent in Somerset and Kent; the Revd Margaret Freeman, one of the first women priests in the Church of England; the Revd Mervyn Kingston, Northern Irish ecumenist; the Ven. Mark Wilson, Archdeacon Emeritus of Dorking; Canon Frank Scuffham, industrial chaplainist.

The Revd Professor Raymond Chapman, former vice-president of the Prayer Book Society, author, and Church Times contributor; the Very Revd Stuart McGee, former Dean of Elphin and Ardagh; the Revd John Graham, crossword-setter "Araucaria"; Canon Patience Purchas, religious broadcaster, and former Bishop's Officer for Women's Ministry in St Albans diocese.


AMONG lay people whose deaths were recorded were Lady Thatcher, former Prime Minister; Lady Loane, archbishop's widow; and Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.

Dr Greta Hague, medical missionary; Jean Wilson, office manager for the Revd Billy Graham; Robert Netherwood, architect, missionary, and youth leader; George Patterson, missionary; Sister Marcella Pattyn, the last Beguine; Ethel Casebow, shipping CEO and vicar's wife; Mary McKie, bishop's widow; and George Beverly Shea, gospel singer. Dr John Maitland, medical missionary; Miles Amherst, founder of Tewkesbury Abbey Choir School; Christopher Haffner, Reader in East Molesey, Surrey; Dr Oliver Barclay, university evangelist; Edward Armitage Robinson, botanist, theologian, and sculptor; Betty Jasper, dean's widow; Dr Pat Page, American theologian; Seamus Heaney, poet; Mary Vambe, charity worker in Africa; Sir Philip Ledger, musician; Professor Peter Aston and Sir John Tavener, composers.


THE deaths also occurred of Fr Alec Read, Roman Catholic reconciler in Northern Ireland; and Dr Geza Vermes, New Testament scholar.

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